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Order of Nurses in Lebanon hosts first international conference

Lebanon: Saturday, May 14 - 2011 @ 11:13

The conference which will remain for two days -until Saturday May 14 – includes keynote speakers from Lebanon, Canada, the United States, France, Switzerland, and the UK.

Additional topics will be discussed at the conference including the significance of leadership, globalization, healthcare and social care, child protection, heart disease, health policy, quality of care, an ecological approach to health care, and education, with respect to how these topics each relate to the profession of nursing today.

Order of Nurses in Lebanon President Claire Zablit detailed the agenda of the conference, during her address in which she linked ‘globalization’ and the nursing profession closely together.

Zablit said, “While the notion of globalization is most pertinent in economics, globalization also touches on all types of human activity, such as communication, the exchange of skills among individuals and groups, and among civilizations, cultures and various disciplines.”

“Globalization has left its mark on the nursing profession, similarly to the mark it has left on other professions and general affairs related to daily life. But at the same time, this mark has taken on a local, special face in each respective country,” she added.

Zablit then concluded her address by saying, “The globalization of the nursing profession means – in our view – that the nursing profession evolves and contributes in the development of a large number of countries, especially as we find that the rights of patients are not observed by countries or private health care institutions. For this reason, nurses take particular interest in developing the rights of weaker individuals, as part of their daily jobs and laborious perseverance.”

For his part, the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Lebanon Dr. Sameen Siddiqi said that celebrating the International Day of Nursing each year, on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, motivates us to continue, tirelessly, to work on providing nurses with the necessary knowledge to develop their professional skills, and highlight the role of nursing throughout the community.

He also called for the emerging globalization to be taken advantage of, through the exchange of information and skills, in order to improve the nursing profession. This, according to Dr. Siddiqi, would have a positive impact on the patients, and subsequently on public health, all over the world.

In the end, Dr. Siddiqi praised the dynamism of the nursing corps in Lebanon, and the nursing schools that train highly-qualified nurses. He also reaffirmed the support of the WHO for the implementation of the National Nursing Strategy, and for the development of the nursing profession in general.

The concluding address of the opening ceremony was delivered by His Excellency the Minister of Public Health Dr. Mohamad Jawad Khalifé, who said, “This day every year, we meet to celebrate the International Nurses Day, to examine some of the concerns of this profession, and the relevant public policies in this regard.”

He then congratulated “the Order” and the nursing corps in general, for the progress they have achieved over the small number of years that have elapsed since the Order’s inception.

“We have always been on the side of the Order in terms of its efforts to develop the pertinent rules and regulations in force,” he continued.

He also reaffirmed the “support of the ministry for the efforts of the order to enhance its income, and diversify its funding sources.”

He added, “We are interested in globalization. We are interested in opening the Arab markets for medical and health professionals. We cannot live in isolation, and we are so far the primary beneficiaries owing to the high caliber that our physicians and nurses enjoy.”

Dr. Khalifé then concluded his remarks by saying, “The big challenge for us as a responsible ministry and for you as a responsible Order for a crucial profession, is for us to continue to address the needs of the profession both in terms of quantity, and the diversity of specialties in the nursing field, as well as the conditions and standards of quality and excellence. We trust “the Order”, both at the level of its esteemed Chairwoman and its members. The Ministry’s doors will always remain open for you.”

Author and writer Bahjat Rizk kicked off the conference with a discussion on cultural pluralism, a term that explains how smaller groups within a larger society maintain their unique cultural identities, while their values and practices are accepted by the wider culture.

“The need to retain cultural pluralism confronts us daily in a globalized society; by understanding how this affects our identity and experience of the world, we can communicate and work with others in a more constructive way,” said Rizk.

The Order of Nurses, in parallel with this conference, will launch a communication campaign throughout May, under the slogan: “Choose Nursing Profession… Secure Your Future”.

This campaign will be broadcasted by all types of media outlets, including Tv spots, radio and Press, Unipoles and Billboards, in addition to brochures and schools visits, to websites and social media sites, with the aim of encouraging youngsters to choose the nursing profession, and to highlight the fact that nursing is a pioneering discipline that will guarantee financial and moral stability.

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